Monte Bruce Smith died July 23, 2009, in Anchorage after a battle with mesothelioma. He was 62.
A private burial will be held Tuesday, July 30, with a reception at 2:30 p.m. at Scenic Bible Church, 7145 Madelynne Drive. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Soldotna Bible Chapel, 300 W. Marydale Ave. in Soldotna.
Mr. Smith was born Jan. 21, 1947, to William and Eleanor Smith and raised in central Washington in a Christian home. He graduated from Royal City High School and then served his country in the U.S. Navy before his honorable discharge in 1969. He attended Northwest Nazarene College, where he met his wife and best friend, Annette. Alaska has been their home for all their married years. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with his Bachelor of Science in spring 2005.
"His grandchildren were his joy and delight, and his godly influence will live on in their lives. Monte's passions included gardening, investing time in relationships and creative problem solving. His love for Christ and his family radiated through all that he did. Monte's legacy of integrity and faithfulness will continue to touch all those who were blessed to know him. His desire was that all should gain eternal life through the power and blood of Jesus Christ. Jim Elliott, the martyred missionary to the Auca Indians of Peru, once said, 'A man is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.' Monte's last request was, 'Meet me in heaven at any cost,' his family said.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 36 years, Annette; siblings, Dick, Carol, Lori and their families; children and their spouses, Monica and Laddy Elliott and Andy and Smith; grandchildren, Lee, Ian and Kristanne Elliott and Ali, Zoe, Silas, Teagann and Tyler Smith,
Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers and can be sent to Providence Hospice, 3435 E. Tudor Road in Anchorage.
Arrangements were made by Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home in Anchorage.
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